Brooker proceeded to rewrite “Head Like A Hole” lyrics to make them more positive and poppy, changing “head like a hole” to “I’m on a roll,” and transforming lyrics like “Bow down before the one you serve” into ““I’m stoked on ambition and verve. ” And so an angry screed against wealth and Reagan-era state control got transformed into a syrupy call for empowerment. “I think the most exciting part was when the music tracks came back.
The episode also includes a cover of Reznor’s “Right Where It Belongs,” and Brooker even transformed “Hurt” (famously covered by Johnny Cash) into a track called “Flirt,” though he didn’t end up including it. “It suggests that Trent Reznor could have had an alternate-universe career as a bubblegum composer,” Brooker added. “That’s my takeaway, too,” said Reznor. “What was I thinking, all that time ago?
Brooker and his team reached out to Nine Inch Nails founder and primary member Trent Reznor (whose composing partner, Atticus Ross, provided the score for a season four episode of Black Mirror).
But there’s a funny reason that “On A Roll” has such staying power: it’s actually a revised take on Nine Inch Nails’s 1990 industrial classic “Head Like A Hole. ” Miley goes on to sing the original version at the episode’s close, resulting in a banging, rock star-approved cover. It slaps!
In one of Black Mirror’s few positive takes on technology, an Amazon Echo-like doll imprinted with Ashley’s personality (called Ashley Too) saves the star, waking her up.